Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Matchup Preview (11/16/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
While the Green Bay Packers are running away with the division at this point, the Vikings and Bears could change their season this week with a win. The Vikings struggled out of the gates, but have all of a sudden put together a few wins. Chicago has been in a free-fall now that their schedule has toughened up. Defensively this team has been great but the offense continues to struggle despite Nick Foles being under center. Matt Nagy is going to hand over the play-calling duties this week. That might just be the kick they need. David Montgomery is likely going to be out this week, which creates a bit of an issue given the depth in Chicago at the position. If the Bears lose this game there will certainly be rumors swirling about this staff moving forward. The Bears are in the hunt for a final playoff spot where the Vikings are going through more of a rebuild. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Matchup Page.
Date: Monday, November 16th, 2020
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Location: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
TV Coverage: ESPN
Vikings vs. Bears Live Stream
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Minnesota Vikings: Irv Smith Jr (Q), CJ Ham (Q), Cameron Dantzler (Q)
Chicago Bears: David Montgomery (D), Allen Robinson (P), Roquon Smith (Q), Cole Kmet (Q), Mitchell Trubisky (Q)
Minnesota Vikings Analysis
For the Vikings this year it has been the Dalvin Cook show this year. He is rushing for a whopping six yards per carry and has 12 rushing touchdowns. While a lot of that has come over the past two games, he has demolished teams throughout the season. This isn’t a big surprise given Cook is one of the best backs in the league and involved in a run-heavy offense, but Alexander Mattison has averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 322 yards on 69 attempts. Cook also has 173 receiving yards and a score. Justin Jefferson has really emerged in this offense with 627 receiving yards. The offense was going to be focused on him and Adam Thielen for targets. Thielen has slowed down a bit in yards but does have seven receiving touchdowns. After that nobody has really delivered. This Vikings defense finally hit their rebuilding wall this season allowing 26 points per game. They are allowing 4.2 yards per carry and 125 rushing yards per game but eight yards per pass and 19 passing touchdowns. This was a different defense over the last few years but Minnesota has always been a strong team at rebuilding quickly and this defense just needs a few pieces.
Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart
Chicago Bears Analysis
The defense has stood tall this season even with the offense putting them in bad spots at times. They are allowing just 21.1 points per game on the year and only scoring 19.8. The pass defense and run defense both rank inside the top ten. They are allowing just 218 yards per game through the air and have allowed ten passing touchdowns. Teams have seen more rushing volume against them and they have allowed 4.1 yards per carry. For the Bears on the ground, they have averaged 3.7 yards as a team and 82.3 rushing yards per game. The passing offense hasn’t been much better with a combined ten touchdowns and 6.2 yards per attempt. Looking at Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky, Foles has not been better but has put together a few better games as a whole. He has an 83.8 rating to Trubisky’s 87.4. Allen Robinson continues to do a lot with a little as he has a 57-712-3 line. Darnell Mooney has stepped up and seen 54 targets this season and is second on the team in receiving yards. He has two touchdowns as well. Jimmy Graham leads the team in touchdowns with five. David Montgomery is likely out which means the Bears will turn to Patterson, Nall, and possibly Lamar Miller.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Vikings -2.5
Spread: MIN -2.5
Moneyline: MIN -152 / CHI +130
Minnesota has certainly played better over the last few weeks and are 5-3 ATS. Now that the schedule toughened up for the Bears, they are 5-4 and trending in the wrong direction. The Vikings are two and a half point favorites here on the road, and Vegas is certainly looking at their recent numbers and downgrading what has been a horrendous Bears offense this season. However, I can’t fully trust Kirk Cousins or this defense to show up each and every week, which is my main concern. Instead, I actually think this is sneaky over game if the Bears can put up some points against this Vikings defense. Matt Nagy is giving up play-calling duties this week and that should be a plus.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
This is a showdown game for both major sites this week, and while it doesn’t have a high total this is an interesting game to create some lineups for. I don’t have a ton of interest in the quarterbacks, although Nick Foles is the one I would choose given the Vikings defense. Minnesota has been better over the last few games, but I am still intrigued by Mooney, Robinson, and Miller. With David Montgomery trending in the wrong direction after a concussion, we should see a few more runs for Cordarrele Patterson. On the Vikings side, it is tough to use them against a Bears defense that has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Dalvin Cook on the other hand has run over everything in his path and is certainly still in play even against the Bears tough run defense.